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Old 01-01-2009, 01:08 PM   #1
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From a philosophical point of view, when is a beer actually born?

I've been dating mine from the date that I pitch my yeast - but is that correct? It's certainly not beer at that time - it's just a sugary mass with yeast in it. Is it from the time that I keg it?, or the time that I pull my first pint?

A loaf of bread isn't a loaf of bread until you pull it out of the oven - is it the same way with beer?

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Old 01-01-2009, 01:16 PM   #2
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I'd go from brew date. Sometime in the few hours after you close it in there it will bubble, and most/many brewers exclaim, "It's alive!" , right?

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Old 01-01-2009, 01:19 PM   #3
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Not until the first pour, IMHO. Prior to that you have the option of aborting your little barley fetus. (not recommended)
Conception, however, I believe begins with the pitching of yeast.

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Old 01-01-2009, 01:34 PM   #5
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According to the gummint, once you add yeast, you have beer. The lhbs up the street will help you brew once or twice if you buy ingredients from them, but because of the law, they are not allowed to add yeast, you have to do that yourself.

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I don't think it's really beer until it reaches the "FG" desired and then moved to Keg or Bottle. The fizzle addition is just Icing on the cake.. I eat cake with or without icing....

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According to the law here in Utah it's not even a alcoholic drink unless it's over .5% ABW.

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According to the gummint, once you add yeast, you have beer.
All the literature I've seen refers to it this way as well. Before yeast = wort, immediately upon pitching yeast = beer. So, from a brew-technical perspective, it's beer as soon as the yeast is pitched. Everything else (like "born on", etc.) is in the eye of the beholder.
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Here is my take.

Beer is conceived during the brewing process (boil, hops schedule etc.)

Beer matures until it reaches final gravity. (Like a baby in the womb)

At final gravity, the beer is born. (like a baby)

The the beer needs to age more (like a human)

Finally, the beer is drinkable (once it is 21 years old of course)

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Here is my take.

Beer is conceived during the brewing process (boil, hops schedule etc.)

Beer matures until it reaches final gravity. (Like a baby in the womb)

At final gravity, the beer is born. (like a baby)

The the beer needs to age more (like a human)

Finally, the beer is drinkable (once it is 21 years old of course)
Then that means dumping your beer because you think it's bad is tantamount to abortion! And as Big Kahuna says, drinking a beer too soon is tatamount to beer pedaphilia...

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